Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday and Breakfast

Bob came over about 6:30 and we went to breakfast early because the mover is supposed to be here at 8:00 and that's just thirty minutes from now.  Bob will be moving to his new apartment today and it is about three blocks from here.

I will vacuum and dust this morning. I did the laundry last night and folded it out this morning after I got home from breakfast. I simply cannot find time to get everything done anymore what with exercise classes three days a week and cooking.

I had a problem sleeping again last night. I went to bed about 9:00  and awoke at 1:00 with my right leg aching again.  I got up and took an Aleve but couldn't get back to sleep. I got up in about an hour and took a melatonin again and finally got back to sleep until 5:30.

I like my job at the library but so far have mostly bound up the old newspapers to get them ready to be recycled.  The back room there at the library is a real mess.  Maybe it happened when they were doing the renovation but I think it is time to reorganize that area.  Maybe I can get Katie, the librarian, to tell me how she wants it done and I can do that as a part of my responsibility.

More later....

Well, I got the apartment vacuumed and dusted. Now all I have to do is mop the kitchen and bathroom floors and wipe down the cabinet tops. I think I will do that later. I am very tired.

I notice the movers are gone over at Bob's apartment.  It took them just an hour to load up his furniture. He will take the next week or ten days to move the rest of his boxes. He is paid up over here for the rest of the month.

I will rest awhile and then decide what I'm going to do with the rest of the day.

More later....

About 10:00 this morning, Bob called and said, "Help"....he had more furniture then he had  space. I went over there and Denise, his daughter was helping too. She had been carrying some boxes in and was exhausted. The movers had moved him in and were waiting to get paid.  I wrote his check and he signed it.

I moved his desk over to the south wall so he could get his recliner into the corner.  Then I put his wicker chair in the kitchen and the rocker in the bedroom. I put a lot of extra blankets on a shelf in the large closet off the bathroom. He insisted on taking me over to "Just Us" in Cherryvale for lunch.  He had invited Denise but she was very tired and just wanted to finish up and go home. Later Denise and I hung his valences in the kitchen and later after lunch, I hung his valences in the bedroom.  He came over for awhile for wine and a couple of cookies after 5:00. But he was really tired and went on home to get some rest. I think he has overdone it.  I am tired but not exhausted.  I will take my bath in a little while and see what's on TV. If I can't find anything I will read until time to go to bed.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Again and Forecast of Rain

I had a bad night last night. I awoke at 10:30 with my right leg aching.  I got up and took an Aleve but I awoke again at 12:00 and it was still aching so I took another Aleve. It was a lot better after that but still hurt. I ended up just getting up around 4:00 AM. I will be tired tonight.

I will fix chicken tenders for lunch with mashed potatoes and gravy and a veggie. Bob will bring a salad and we will have fruit and cookies for dessert.

I hope the librarian was able to find some more twine. I want to get those papers bound up and ready to be recycled. Yesterday was exhausting.

Bob will move tomorrow. It's supposed to rain. I don't know how Dustin will handle that. Actually, it's supposed to start raining today.

More later....

I went to exercise class this morning and afterward, I brought Bob home to finish his packing.  Then I went back to Utopia for coffee. Sonya was there and bought everyone's cinnamon roll! She is the Administrator of Windsor Place. That was very nice of her. When I got out of there, it was pouring and the streets were full of water so I waded, shoes and all over to my car and into it. I have my shoes and socks off now drying out. In a minute I will start lunch.

More even later....

My lunch turned out well. Then I went to work. I finished bundling up all the newspapers and even organized their little kitchen's cabinets. Some high school kids were in the teen area making a lot of noise.  No one was doing anything about it and so I went in there and told them this was a library and they needed to quiet down. That helped. Then I noticed one of them had tracked in mud on our new carpet. I found some carpet cleaner and a brush and some cloths and cleaned it up. I found the boy who tracked it in and told him to wipe his feet on the several mats out in the foyer and just into the front door next time he came to the library. Later I saw two teenagers making out in there hugging and kissing. I went back in there and told them that sort of behavior was inappropriate in the library.  Finally Adrian came in and thanked me for doing that. He said they refuse to listen to him or the other junior librarian. I told him he should tell them they either observe the rules or they can not come back in the library. I don't think they have the backbone for that.

I consider it tragic these kids don't seem to know better.

I finally came on home and ate the last of my yogurt for supper. Bob came over for wine and TV but since there was nothing much to watch on TV, he went home about 7:00 and I took my bath and put my PJs on. Now I'm doing a load of laundry. I will try to stay up until 9:00.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Work Day

I slept pretty well last night. I was so tired. I did wake up at 1:00 and could not get back to sleep until I got back up and took a melatonin tablet. Then I slept until 5:30.

I am going to bake cookies this morning and also go to the market. I need a few things.

We will have the rest of our stew for lunch today.  I will bake some more biscuits to go with it. We will have hot tea with it. I will fix something light for dessert...probably fruit.  We can have a cookie with that.

I will sort the rest of the newspapers at work today if I don't run out of twine to tie them up with.  I shelf read the DVDs for awhile yesterday...just for a break from handling all that newspaper. 

I am considering attending the job fair at the college tonight. That would be good for the job search I am required to do.

My daughter told me yesterday she intends to invite my niece  and great niece and brother-in-law for Thanksgiving next week. They would be alone at Thanksgiving and my niece is having a hard time adjusting to the loss of her husband last month.  I think that's a good idea. I know what a struggle that adjustment is for some. My niece is shy and does not have a lot of friends she can do things with. Luckily she has her youngest daughter still at home and in college.  I am to take green bean casserole and my Bob's Waldorf fruit salad. She is going to take care of everything else.  Bob says he is going to take wine.

Bob's older daughter and her husband  will be here to see them on Friday. They will eat their Friday meal out since he will just barely be moved in his new apartment and still not settled in.

More later....

I had a real rough day today. I bundled up old papers until I ran out of twine.  Then I gathered up all the old papers that I will need to tie into bundles and set them down on the lower shelves and labeled them to either be bundled or not to be bundled.  I also filed DVDs and filed the boxes in the library.

I was going to attend a job fair after work but was just too tired to do it.

When I got home, Bob came over for wine. I didn't have a chance to eat anything until he went home and then I ate some yogurt and took my bath and put my PJs on and watched the president's speech on my computer.  In my opinion, he made perfect sense.  If Congress doesn't like what he has done, they can pass their own comprehensive immigration bill. If you check on the internet, you will fine many other presidents, including all Republicans have used executive orders to accomplish legislation they cannot get done any other way.  The latest being the first Bush and Reagan. 

At 9:00, I went to bed. I hope I can sleep tonight without melatonin.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Hair Appointment

Today I have a hair appointment in Independence at 9:30.  I am thinking seriously about just washing it myself and just having the haircut done every three weeks. I really can't spare the time to go up there every week for what little hair I have. I will miss exercise class today. Luckily I have chili left over from last Monday and I will serve it over baked potato with cheese for lunch.

At 11:00 yesterday Bob and I went over to Sycamore Landing for him to sign the lease. I went along to make out his checks for him. His essential tremor makes it hard for him to write. Then we went to the utility company to get the electricity in his name and afterward we went to Arby's for a roast beef sandwich etc, for lunch. He bought my lunch. That was nice of him. Then I went on to work.

I worked hard at the library yesterday. There weren't as many DVDs to put away and file but after I got that finished, I worked the rest of the afternoon on getting the morgue organized. I'm a long way from finished. The newspapers were mostly mixed up. They need to be kept in order from January at the bottom to December at the top with the earliest dated ones under the later dated ones. I got the local papers, both the Coffeyville Journal and the Independence Reporter, for 2014 finished. Today I will work on 2013 and 2012. When I finish those I will start on all the others.  They get the Wichita Eagle, Kansas City Star, Wall Street Journal, Tulsa World, USA Today and the County Chronicle. So I have a big job ahead of me.  Climbing up and down a ladder was hard on my right leg, which I have some trouble with already.  I awoke last night with it aching. Finally I got up and took an Aleve. That took care of the pain.

I got up at 4:30 this morning. Yesterday I learned that Phyllis, whose idea it is to have an 80th Birthday Bash next year, cannot come to the meeting we planned. She has a doctor's appointment that day in Bartlesville. Then I learned that John cannot get his wife around that early for her caregiver. So I will send out another letter this evening changing the meeting date to the next day at 9:30 to accommodate them.  Neither Larry nor I are even interested in doing this birthday bash thing.  It's an inconvenience to me but it seems important to my classmates so I guess I will make the effort.

More later.....

I composed another letter and mailed it out to all the local classmates.  I changed the day and time of the meeting and I know everyone will not be pleased but there is no way to please everyone.

I got all the newspapers sorted at work and then learned that they had kept them a lot longer then necessary. The have to have the past two years of the local newspaper microfilmed before those can be bound and recycled.  But they only need six months of the Reporter and only three months of all the rest. So I spent the last hour of my time, binding the 2011 and 2012 Reporters to be taken to Owasso to be recycled. Today I will bind up all of 2013 of the Reporter and work on all the rest binding them up to be recycled....all but the last three months. My hands were stained by newspaper ink and it took some scrubbing to get them clean. I applied lotion on them afterward because they were so dry. 

Bob came over for wine and the last cookie last evening but he left at 7:00.  I took my bath and ended up going to bed at 8:00.....I was so tired. He was probably tired too. He is moving this week and has been taking boxes over to his new apartment and unpacking them.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday and Eating Out

I am going with Bob over to his new apartment to make out the checks for him. He has essential tremor.  He will sign them, of course. His appointment is at 11:00 and I probably won't have time to get lunch on the table before 1:00 when I need to be at work. So we will stop at Arby's or somewhere like that and get a sandwich.

I went over a little while ago and helped him get the leaf out of his table. He will have a lot more room in his new apartment without the leaf in the table. He can put the leaf under his bed over there.

I put away the dishes in my dishwasher this morning and finished reading a couple of magazines and took Time over for him to read.

I spent a lot of time at work yesterday just putting away the DVDs and filing the cases in the proper bookcases.  Then one of the librarians, Adrian, showed me how to file the newspapers in the morgue. That needs to be completely redone and I will take that on as a project for any spare time I have.

I am really going to enjoy this job.I know.  I like all these folks and they have been very helpful to me.  It will be very good to have enough extra money to get that car paid off early too. I am concerned if something happened to me that my kids would be stuck with paying off that car.

I got some bird seed yesterday and filled my bird feeder and the little birds have been busy eating out of it. I have filled it twice now. They may eat up all my extra money. :) Missy likes to lay here next to my chair and watch them eat. It must entertain her even though she couldn't catch them anymore even if she was out there. She seems to have a lot of arthritis. As she lies down, she usually cries out a little.  I have had to put the ottoman at the end of my bed so she can climb up there.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Snowy Monday

Yesterday it  pretty much snowed all day.  It didn't seem to do anything last night but we still have snow on the ground.

More later... I'd better get our stew started. I'm going to cook it in the slow cooker.

Well, I think I got too much water in the stew. I hope it turns out o.k. anyhow.

Exercise class went fine. I came home and drained off some of that water and made gravy out of it. I think it will be finer now. I have another hour or so for it to cook now. I hope that meat gets tender.

Myra e-mailed me and we plan to have lunch together on the 6th of December. We both have December birthdays and we will celebrate making it thus far.

Missy is in under the coverlet again. She gets unhappy  when I leave her here and go somewhere. Shew will really be unhappy about me being gone all afternoon to work.

The sun is shining brightly but the snow will not melt until it gets above freezing again. I'm shooting for Thursday when they say it will be 50 degrees again. Right now the parking lot here is just a sheet of ice.

More later....

I went over to Orchelon's and bought some bird seed and some ice melt. Now I will have to spread the ice melt to melt all that ice on our drive. 

I worked from 12:40 until 5:15 and had something to do the entire time. I am going to organized their morgue (old newspapers). They are in a mess.  I did a lot of putting away DVDs and filing their cases.

I was exhausted when I got home. I don't know why since it's only four hours.   

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday's Snowy Forecast

It's 31 degrees out there this morning. We have a 90% chance of snow today. And they say it will be one to three inches by this afternoon. There probably won't be many out for church today. We are located out in the country and we would have to travel county roads. Some of us are old and don't want to get out in it and take a chance on having a wreck. Even if we are careful, there are a lot of people out there who have no idea how to drive in snow. Well, it will be interesting to see if it develops. The weather has been so strange these past few years.  Bob and I will go if we have services. I don't know what we will plan about lunch.

But I dread seeing my electric bill. This apartment is all electric. 

I slept really well last night.  I went to bed at 8:30 so I didn't expect to sleep well but I only awoke once at 2:00, went to the bathroom and went right back to sleep until well after 4:30.

I've had my biscuit and a banana for breakfast  and two cups of my Keurig coffee. The first one was butter pecan.  The second one was called mudslide. I love the variety and not having to leave a cup to be warmed up the next morning. I know it's more expensive that way but it's one of the few luxuries I have allotted myself. ...that and getting my hair done. Now that I'm working again, I feel I can afford it.

Karan is supposed to have the Living the Questions group tonight and have chili for supper. If we get a lot of snow, she will probably call it off.  I have the new DVD Gretchen sent to us.  It's called  "The Ten Commandments..Laws of the Heart".  It comes from a new site called "Faith and Reason".

I was just scrubbing my kitchen floor and when I put the mop away I noticed that my Christmas cactus is beginning to bud up. I thought it was not going  to bloom again!

More later....

There were a lot more at church then I thought would be there since there's about three inches of snow on the ground now. We cancelled "Living the Questions" tonight. In fact we went home with Bobby and Karan and ate the chili she had fixed for tonight. I'm hoping there will not be more snow by tomorrow. I dread driving to work in this mess tomorrow afternoon. I will just stay home and watch 60 Minutes tonight in my warm and cozy apartment.   

We had our Samaritan Child Christmas boxes at church today and I took some photos of the group that worked on them.
Here are some more...
Leeann was reaching for something on the table in the one above. So here are some more.

I got her to stand still for the one above. Bill would not get into the photo so I took one of him alone.
He looks very solemn, doesn't he? He doesn't like his photo taken any more then I do. :)

Missy disappeared again this evening and went to find her and for the first time I found her on my bed against the decorative pillows. I hope she doesn't make a habit of that. I always put one of her throws on the bed when she lies on it. I then can put the throw in the dryer under fresh air.
But here she is:
Darn cat! She's back in there right now!